Grace Meadows is Director of the national campaign, Music for Dementia. Here, she discusses the valuable role that music can play in enhancing and enriching the lives of people with dementia and how that can be facilitated through social prescribing. Dementia Action Week is a perfect moment to be thinking about the vital role link workers can play in supporting people living with dementia to live as fulfilling a life as possible through socially prescribing music. One of the great joys of music is that it enables us to focus on what people can do, how they can contribute and be [...]
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The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new trustees to its board. Chris Askew OBE, Dr.Harry Brunjes, Brad Gudger, Sarah Metcalfe and Gay Palmer will be joining the organisation’s Board and will work with our four existing trustees. These appointments will enable NASP to build on the work undertaken during its first full year as an organisation which has included, the launch of the organisation’s strategic plan, ‘A Social Revolution in Wellbeing’, the development of an academic collaboration to improve the evidence for social prescribing, the contribution to the establishment of a global social prescribing alliance. Additionally, NASP, along with its partners, recently announced that the Thriving Communities fund will provide 37 projects across England with [...]
Nature is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week Getting into green spaces is key for physical and mental health Social Prescribing Link Workers and other healthcare professionals are helping people and patients improve their health by accessing and undertaking activities in nature At least 7,500 people will be connected to nature for their health and wellbeing, thanks to 10 innovative green social prescribing projects across the country, funded by cross-partnership Thriving Communities Fund. These projects will seek to unlock the potential of green social prescribing for people in their communities especially those most impacted by COVID-19 and health [...]
On our latest Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil chats to TV presenter Kevin Duala. Kevin has been a footballer, a dancer and now as a TV presenter for the past 20 years, including presenting The One Show. One very notable campaign he was involved with was The One Show’s crutch amnesty, which encouraged people to return their aides when no longer being used. He also presented BBC1's consumer series Health: Truth or Scare, which debunks the headlines about the facts around health. Kevin currently coaches young offenders between the ages of 18-24, as a life coach, for the Community Rehabilitation Company. These sessions engage young people in practical skills, [...]
Tim Anfilogoff is Head of Community Resilience at Herts Valleys CCG, and our Social Prescribing Regional Lead for the East of England. Here he looks at the crucial role of social prescribing in responding to COVID-19 and the lessons learnt for the future. “It’s been an incredible year”, says Gina, a social prescribing link worker in Hertfordshire. “I’m lucky to belong to an extended team who made hundreds of shielding calls, followed up patients needing support and received referrals from surgeries too: 230 this year which is amazing!” In the words of the Royal College of General Practitioners (General Practice in a Post-COVID World, 2020): ‘The [...]
37 social prescribing projects announced to help communities thrive across England, thanks to £1.8 million fundLydia Taylor2021-03-18T15:54:10+00:00
£1.8 million to fund 37 local projects through the Thriving Communities Programme has been announced today Projects will tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and help communities recover from COVID-19 It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money and Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together, as part of the Thriving Communities Programme, will fund 37 community projects up to £50,000 each to further advance social prescribing and support communities as they recover from [...]
To mark Social Prescribing Day, Sir Hector Sants, Chair of the Money and Pensions Service reflects on their work with partners to support financial wellbeing through social prescribing During the last year the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has been delighted to collaborate with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) on the new Thriving Communities Programme. The growth and investment in NHS social prescribing services, supporting wider person-centred needs alongside access to health services, resonates strongly with our work. As the body of government responsible for providing guidance and help to people to – as our vision statement says – [...]
Taking place on Thursday 18 March 2021, this year's Social Prescribing Day will celebrate the thousands of people and projects helping to maintain the health of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There's lots of ways to get involved in Social Prescribing Day: Share your story Whether you've set up a project or if you know someone who's benefitted from a face to face or online social prescribing iniative during the pandemic, share your story and let us know how social prescribing has help us stay connected, healthy and engaged Make it social Use #SocialPrescribingDay to share your message on [...]
A year ago today we launched our first strategy, A Social Revolution In Wellbeing, setting out our hugely ambitious agenda to help social prescribing thrive across the UK. A few days later we entered our first national ‘lockdown’ as a whole country, due of course to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the past year has not presented ideal circumstances to establish a dynamic new charity, with all of the inevitable challenges that major start-ups bring. Like most organisations, we have needed to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and embrace innovative ways to achieve our objectives rather than simply pursue those envisaged when [...]
Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead on historic environment at the National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In her final blog of a series of three, she talks about the opportunities to release the potential of the historic environment through social prescribing. In my role as the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)’s national lead for the historic environment, I am currently working with the team to find the best ways to utilise the power of heritage for wellbeing through social prescribing. This builds [...]